Right-Wing Group Tries to Suppress Minority Vote in Bill White Territory – A well-funded right-wing group has emerged in Houston and has begun raising unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud. A video on their website pictures only people of color when it talks of voter fraud. White people are shown talking patriotically about the need for a million vigilantes to suppress “illegal” votes.
In the video, an unidentified spokesman for “TrueTheVote” says, “If we lose Houston, we lose Texas. And guess what? If we lose Texas we lose the country.” The former Mayor of Houston, Democrat Bill White, is counting on a big turnout in his home town. The recent Harris County voting machine fire and the voter suppression campaign may cause a greatly diminished turnout in the Houston area.
Rick Perry Runs Away From Reporter’s Insurance Questions -Bill White called for prior approval for increases in homeowners insurance rates yesterday, as he visited the homes of Texans who have seen their rates increase for years with no explanation as to why. Governor Rick Perry, when asked about his plan for homeowners insurance rates, ran away from cameras — continuing his campaign’s policy of ducking the hard questions at every turn. Perry declined to talk to a reporter from KWTX-TV about insurance rates. “We got to roll boys, I’m sorry,” the Republican governor said as aides hustled him away.
Texas homeowners pay the second highest rates in the nation, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners — an average $1,448 per year. The national average is $822.
Opposition to Muslim Community Center is Aiding Taliban Recruiting Effort – “By preventing this mosque from being built, America is doing us a big favor,” Taliban operative Zabihullah tells NEWSWEEK. “It’s providing us with more recruits, donations, and popular support.” America’s enemies in Afghanistan are delighted by the vehement public opposition to the proposed “Ground Zero mosque.” The backlash against the project has drawn the heaviest e-mail response ever on jihadi Web sites, Zabihullah claims—far bigger even than France’s ban on burqas earlier this year. “We are getting even more messages of support and solidarity on the mosque issue and questions about how to fight back against this outrage.” “The more mosques you stop, the more jihadis we will get,” Zabihullah predicts.
Arson Fire At Mosque Construction Site In Tennessee – Federal officials are investigating a fire that started overnight at the site of a new Islamic center in a Nashville suburb. Ben Goodwin of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to CBS Affiliate WTVF that the fire, which burned construction equipment at the future site of the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, is being ruled as arson.
Permit Denied For Mosque in Chicago Area – The city has denied a special use permit that would allow a mosque to replace a shut down hot dog grill. The neighborhood already has a strong Muslim presence. The decision was supposedly based on the need to generate tax revenue although the site has sat vacant for two years.
Republican Senate Candidate Wants to End Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment Insurance – Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Joe Miller spoke against Social Security, Medicare and Unemployment Insurance on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday.
Glenn Beck Says: The Heck with Honor, Pay Me First! – According to Glenn Beck’s rally website, “all contributions made” to Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) will first be applied to the costs of Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally. All contributions in excess of these costs will then be retained by the SOWF.